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Parise And Suter Sign In Minnesota

The class of the 2012 free agent class is Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.  They are both all star capable players who are young enough to remain in their primes.  Teams have been chasing them since free agency opened up on Sunday.  Today we learn they are both headed to Minnesota.  Both players signed 13 year deals worth a total of $98 million.  This gives them a salary cap hit of $7.538 million each.  While these are big numbers, the salary cap is constantly going up and a potential salary rollback in the new CBA would make these numbers smaller in practise.

Parise was born in Minneapolis while his father J.P. Parise was playing there.  Suter is from the nearby state of Wisconsin.  Both players have played together several times in international competitions for the US and chose to play together.

These signings make Minnesota a likely playoff team.  In a parity-filled NHL, any team that makes the playoffs can win the Stanley Cup ( even an eighth seed).

Only in the NHL is Minnesota a desired market for free agents.  I couldn’t imagine basketball or baseball players flocking to Minnesota as free agents.  In hockey Minnesota and its neighboring states produce a significant portion of players who may want to return home.

Now that Parise and Suter are off the market, the teams that failed to sign them may turn to trades to try to fill their holes.  We may see Rick Nash, Roberto Luongo or others move in the not too distant future.

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This makes them more difficult to play against.. Not a contender.  Thyis makes the wings hunt for a cup just a little harder, as opposed to have one or both on their team.
Neither of these UFA’s are a guarantee for the cup.

Posted by T Bird from Micigan/Indiana on 07/04/12 at 02:11 PM ET

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They are both all star capable players who are young enough to remain in their primes.

This is perhaps the worst sentence I’ve read all day. Where did you learn how to write?

Posted by Riviera from Phoenix on 07/04/12 at 02:14 PM ET

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Preds are not happy with this as they were not given a chance to counter.  Per Pierre Lebrun.  I bet they’re not the only ones…..this is going to ruffle a lot of feathers.

Posted by Booyah! from chicago on 07/04/12 at 02:17 PM ET

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What’s your assessment of their likely impact on Minnesota’s performance?  Minnesota had the absolute worst Fenwick close last year at 44.91%.  That’s just terrible.  Parise and Suter are great players, there is no doubt about that, but they are going to a team that was absolutely awful without them.

Posted by Bossy_Rules on 07/04/12 at 02:20 PM ET

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Preds are not happy with this as they were not given a chance to counter.  Per Pierre Lebrun.  I bet they’re not the only ones…..this is going to ruffle a lot of feathers.

There is no point in countering, this was a Minnesota thing driven by Parise to go home. Nashville can’t compete with that. Two Americans choosing one of our hockey capitals, this is the same thing as a good Canadian boy choosing to play in Canada.

Posted by timbits on 07/04/12 at 02:24 PM ET

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Players are under no obligation to give other teams a ‘chance to counter’.  Once they get what they want they can sign and stop listening to other offers.  Its their choice.  That what the ‘free’ in ‘free agent’ means.  Those with ruffled feathers can pluck them and shove them up their asses.  I’m sick of this attitude that fans of the perennial powerhouse teams have that they are owed a better than fair chance at every big free agent.  Sorry but it doesn’t work that way.  Pittsburgh and Detroit and Chicago will have to make do with the star-studded lineups that they already have.

Posted by Bossy_Rules on 07/04/12 at 02:25 PM ET

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There is no point in countering, this was a Minnesota thing driven by Parise to go home. Nashville can’t compete with that. Two Americans choosing one of our hockey capitals, this is the same thing as a good Canadian boy choosing to play in Canada.

What if they were promised?  What if the whole time Suter was telling them they’d have last look?  I bet Detroit thought they also had him.  Point is, teams wee strung along when the whole time they were working, or Parise was working, to get them both together.  This won’t make either of them look well

Posted by Booyah! from chicago on 07/04/12 at 02:27 PM ET

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I see this as good news. If the Wings couldn’t sign then, then who better to have them than Minnesota.
While Parise and Suter will make them a better team, it’s not like they’ll be fighting for a Cup.
They still don’t have any depth down the middle, and their D isn’t exactly world-class. And let’s not forget that they have Heatley - and instant playoff killer.

I’m happy that the Wild, and not Chicago, Pittsburgh or Philly got them. Those teams are way closer to the Cup than Minny, so this decision isn’t all bad.

Now the Wings can stock up for Weber and possibly Getzlaf for next season - two players I’d rather have than Parise and Suter.

Posted by Hank1974 on 07/04/12 at 02:34 PM ET

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Now the Wings can stock up for Weber and possibly Getzlaf for next season - two players I’d rather have than Parise and Suter.

[code]Posted by Hank1974 on 07/04/12 at 01:34 PM ET 

Here, Here!!!  I’ll drink to that…

Posted by T Bird from Micigan/Indiana on 07/04/12 at 02:41 PM ET

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Players are under no obligation to give other teams a ‘chance to counter’.  Once they get what they want they can sign and stop listening to other offers.  Its their choice.  That what the ‘free’ in ‘free agent’ means.  Those with ruffled feathers can pluck them and shove them up their asses.  I’m sick of this attitude that fans of the perennial powerhouse teams have that they are owed a better than fair chance at every big free agent.  Sorry but it doesn’t work that way.  Pittsburgh and Detroit and Chicago will have to make do with the star-studded lineups that they already have.

Not unless they said they would, it’s called your word.  Now I’m sure they’ll never have to worry about this again, but if i’m their agents who have to deal with these GM’s again I may be doing some smoothing over.

Posted by Booyah! from chicago on 07/04/12 at 02:43 PM ET

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It seems the only teams that could even talk about last shot would have been NJ and Nashville, if only out of respect for their former teams. Otherwise it is what it is, a big poker game. Nothing says you have to show your cards after you have taken the hand.

Posted by timbits on 07/04/12 at 03:46 PM ET

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Not a shocker. We were alerted to this liklihood a couple of days ago!  The cap hits aren’t too bad.  the bigest loser is NJ. The Preds can rebound from the loss of Suter but the Devils will be hard pressed to replkace the production/leadership of their former captain

Posted by faxrumors on 07/04/12 at 05:54 PM ET

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What about the impact PSH?

Posted by Bossy_Rules on 07/05/12 at 03:56 PM ET

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What about the impact (to Minnesota’s performance will these signings heave) PSH?

My best answer right now is i think this makes Minnesota a playoff team.  I think they are probably going to be a lower seed and I reserve the right to change my mind on their being a playoff team as further events play out this summer. 

As we saw this year making the playoffs makes you a potential Stanley Cup winner, so Minnesota could win the Stanley Cup with these players but I would not bet on it (mind you I can’t find any team to bet on).

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 07/05/12 at 04:05 PM ET

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I know there’s GVT and a point in the standings is supposed cost 3 goals in differential.  Puck Prospectus had Parise last season at 18.6 and Suter at 12.0.  That’s 30.6 but I don’t know the GVT of whom they will be replacing.  I think a GVT of 0.0 would be an average team so that’s 30 goals better than average which amounts to about 10 points in the standings vs average players.  But they are not necessarily replacing average players so this is just a very rough estimate.    They finished 14pts out of the playoffs so if they only improve by 10pts they will miss.  But they also had bad luck with injuries so if they can avoid that they should be right on the bubble next April.

Posted by Bossy_Rules on 07/05/12 at 04:37 PM ET

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